This is not one of those days.
In fact, I feel just the opposite. I can feel every single one of my pounds and one or two of them (especially the one I gained this week), I feel twice. My limbs feel heavy and hard to move. Even my head feels thick and slow. Now, months ago, I would have thought it was just a bad day, but I know what I've been up to. And it doesn't rhyme with lurking trout. And it definitely doesn't rhyme with fleeting fright. The way I feel today reminds me of a quote I like.
"The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison." -Ann Wigmore-I have had a great time this past week, though. We had my family reunion, here in Oregon. I feel so lucky that my mom, all of my siblings and their spouses took the time (and spent the money!) to get here. Only four of my nieces and nephews (+ 1 niece-in-law and 3 kiddos) were missing (darn kids grow up and get their own lives - what's that about?). We stayed in 6 of the deluxe cabins at Fort Stevens State Park and although the mosquitoes were hungry and fearless, I think it's safe to say that we enjoyed each other's company. The cabins are fantastic! It's absolutely my way to camp - with beds, flushing toilets, showers, screens on the windows, and a fire pit outside. Hard core, I'm not.
So here's a run down of my week:
- Worrying that I don't have enough food
- Shopping for more food
- Watching Lobster freak out about how much (food) needed to be in the car
- Joking that the axle would break under all the weight and then reassuring boy #1 for the next THREE HOURS that the axle would not break
- Massaging the neck of a driving Lobster that was more tense than any lobster should ever be
- Showing boys #1 & 2 how to make a S'MOreo
- Disappointing Lobster that I did not invent the S'MOreo and could not claim it on the internet as mine
- Sitting by the campfire and telling a spooky story (I'm a gonna getcha and then I'm gonna eatcha!) three times and then laughing at my boys as they reenact it.
- Watching a movie (yes, TVs and DVD players are in the cabins, too) with 2 boys too excited to go to sleep.
- Sending off all my guys for a much anticipated bike ride
- Dispensing first-aid to boy #2 after he crashed off his bike (10 minutes into said bike ride)
- Trying to keep 3 guys busy and make dinner for 25 people at the same time (thank you, Susan!)
- Greeting my family, letting them know where to go and realizing that the "welcome buckets" were not ready - DOH!
- Drinking WAY too much diet soda
- Eating WAY too much sugar and chips - mmmm....chips
- Laughing with my family
- Watching my boys run around with their cousins and loving every minute
- Cringing as I hear my boys teach their younger cousins how to do a "butt-bomb"
- Seeing my Utah and Arizona family brave the nippy Pacific ocean
- Enjoying yummy food made/bought by my siblings - SO GOOD!
- Sitting in a circle and playing with a candy "Tape Ball"
- Being proud of my family while they so willingly serve by picking up trash off the beach while on their vacation
- Cleaning and packing up (a lot of extra food) and feeling sad to see my family drive off, one by one
- Feeling incredibly lucky to be part of my family - LOVE THEM!